Japanese Maple Trees
When you have the correct growing conditions, Japanese maple trees can really make a rather wonderful statement in your garden. This tree, complete with its splendid autumn color foliage, loves nothing more than some slightly acidic soil that is well drained within which it will thrive for a number of years no matter what the weather may throw at it during those colder months. The tree is a native species in countries such as Japan, China, and both North and South Korea.
The Japanese maple is also known by another name, the Acer and it is a deciduous tree that flowers in early spring, but puts on a show for the entire year. Height wise it is easy to handle with it varying from 1.2m to 10m in height although it is rather slow growing so you will need to wait some time before you will see it at its maximum extent.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acer_palmatum – Wikipedia
http://www.thetreecenter.com/shade-trees/japanese-maple-trees/ – The Tree Center
The tree itself is characterized by some low branches along with the top of the tree reaching up to what can best be described as a round dome like shape. The leaves are a reddish copper color in general although others can be more bronze or purple. The colors are so strong that it makes it so much easier to have this tree as a real feature in your garden with it standing out from everything that surrounds it.
When it comes to choosing how and where to plant your Japanese maple, then you have the luxury of it being able to survive from not only shady conditions, but even full sun. However, it does make some sense to shelter it slightly if you do live in a harsher environment and life is made so much easier with an Acer as it is also suited to being kept in a pot due to its rooting system. Of course this means that moving it around should not pose a problem and it does certainly open up more possibilities when it comes to where you would like to position it in your garden.
From a landscaping point of view there are a few things to take into consideration. It is important to keep in mind about the level of the branches as it does not tend to provide you with too much space underneath. This can often rule out having it in the middle of a lawn as a feature due to maintenance issues, but this tree is ideal for filling a corner where it can attract your eye and dominate its space.
This is not a tree that should be hidden away. Instead, it deserves to be seen for its decorative value over and above anything else. The fact that it does not take much at all to maintain it, along with its slow growth means that you can easily include it in a part of your garden where your intention is to be able to just leave things alone aside from some spring cleaning when required.
Japanese maple trees can work in virtually any type of garden aside from those with an alkaline soil. As long as your conditions are perfect, then there is no reason for you not to enjoy this wonderful tree with the spectacular foliage.
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